In 2007, the local Audubon Society got word of an anonymous action taken by a resident of San Pedro. A nest box mysteriously appeared one day in Harbor Park along the 110 Freeway. In recent years, Southern California's western bluebird population has been on the decline. Though it's not fully understood why, it seems that urban growth and climate change may disturb the nesting process. Surprisingly, bluebirds took to the anonymously placed box, depositing gem-like blue eggs. Now the Audubon Club has adopted the park project, placing more boxes and hosting pairs of birds.
Based on the story of the nesting box, Out of the Blue is a visual response by artists from San Pedro's Exceptional Children's Foundation. Nestled along Gaffey Street, the ECF studio is a professional workshop where adults with developmental disabilities come to create art. Like the migrating bluebirds, the artists have found a place where they may exist creatively, undisturbed by the outside world. Here, the act of art-making, with its intense focus on special objects, characters, and dream-inspired landscapes provides shelter for the spirit. Out of the blue, anything can happen, but the creative life is our true home.
This project was done in partnership with the Exceptional Children's Foundation.